Picture behind the story #25 The white horse of Chablis!

Arnaud and his horse plough the Les Clos Grand Cru climat in Chablis

This is the latest time of the year we have visited Chablis, just a couple of days to visit a few winemakers before moving on to Beaune further south for a week. From a landscape photography viewpoint the timing was perfect, the leaves of the Chardonnay vines all ready to fall and creating a golden hue as far as the eye could see.

Driving around the slopes of Les Clos, the Grand Cru climat, we could see a white horse slowly plodding between the vines. We stopped to investigate and met Arnaud who has two such horses and works for a number of clients who use a completely organic approach to their winemaking. This involves ploughing between the vines without tractors, avoiding the use of pesticides and fungicides or anything that is chemical instead of natural, and in some cases working the land according to the phases of the moon. With the latter this would be a fully “biodynamique” approach.

Arnaud and his horse plough the Les Clos Grand Cru climat in Chablis

Arnaud has five client winemakers in Chablis, including Richard Rottiers from Domaine Les Malandes who is one of our favourites, and several from the Beaune area. To round off the day in this small but world famous wine village, we were having dinner in Bistrot des Grand Crus when I told Christian, the owner, that we’d met a man with a big white horse earlier to which he said “Oh that must be Arnaud, he lives next door to me”!

The River Sereine winds through the village of Chablis

The golden slopes of Chablis in Autumn sunshine


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9 thoughts on “Picture behind the story #25 The white horse of Chablis!

    1. The wine from that plot is excellent too, the top Grand Cru of Chablis many would say. Later that day I met the bloke who lives next door to the horse owner in a restaurant and shared three bottles of Chablis that cost THEM around £400!!!

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        1. Well, it’s a fair bit over mine too but they were on business and on expenses I suppose. The MD owner of the wine import business was one of the three, the other two were his “expert tasters”

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